Make a Beaded Bezel In Just 5 Minutes!
As it goes lately, I'm all about quick and easy when it comes to my bead-weaving. I especially love beading projects that are made using quick and easy components — I set each one aside as I complete it, and then when I have that rare chunk of free time on a Sunday morning or a Saturday afternoon, I can sit down and play with designing and connecting them at my leisure! Sometimes, the best thing about making a pile of components is that they work great as little gifts like pendants and earrings all by themselves.
This easy way to make a beaded bezel revealed itself to me while I was working on a larger necklace a couple of years ago, and it has some pretty amazing potential when used as a component for a larger piece of beaded jewelry! I've watched this basic technique morph into at least a dozen different beaded jewelry designs, including bracelets, earrings, and a lovely hair accessory. Give it a try!
- 1 gram size 11 seed beads (A)
- 1 gram size 15 seed beads (B)
- 1 gram size 8 seed beads (C)
- Crystal rivoli or cabochon (optional)
- Embellishment beads — the sky is the limit! Try some tulip petals, Rizos, daggers, or whatever else you happen to have handy.
- 6 lb braided beading thread
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutters
- Chain nose or combination pliers (optional, but useful for pulling needles through tight spaces)
Sizing your bezel. This particular technique for creating an easy peyote stitch bezel requires an even number of picots to be stitched in the initial ring of beads, so it's important to have the correct number of beads in your base ring. Since we're using size 11 seed beads for our base ring, an easy formula to use is to take the measurement of your crystal rivoli, stone, or cabochon and double it. So for a 16mm crystal rivoli (like the one I use in this example), you would pick up 32 beads for your initial base ring. (32 divided by 2 = 16)
If you need to adjust the number of beads in your base ring, always increase by 2 until you get an even number. A smaller base ring may not securely hold your stone. If you're not using a stone, you can simply adjust the number up or down until you have an even number for your picots.
Now that you've done the easy part, this is where you can let yourself play with embellishing and connecting these fun little components. Attach them to a base of right-angle weave or netting, hang a jump ring or bail from the top and use them as simple pendants, or add loops on the back and use them as bracelet components with your favorite leather and clasps.
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